Re: Cost / License?
> With all due respect, I tried a
> "donationware" appraoch for almost two
> years, and the unfortunate fact is that
> the vast majority of people don't
> donate. I work on Andromeda full-time,
> and that includes a lot of the less-fun
> stuff like writing docs, answering every
> tech support email, and so on.
Boo hoo. Then take your product off the market. I just wasted a half-hour of my life downloading and installing your code, configuring Apache, and trying to get andromeda.php to ignore files starting with "_". Granted, with a little investigation I could have determined that Andromeda's "product" was a single crippled, unmodifiable PHP script. Now I wish I had known that before I bothered downloading it.
> The evaluation version of Andromeda is
> indeed fully functional -- everything
> works exactly as it does in the full
> version, except that only half of your
> music is displayed.
To use the phrase "fully functional" for a "product" whose only feature is crippled in the most perplexing way imaginable (although I suppose you could have just programmed it to ignore random files, that would have been slightly more confusing) is dishonest. Every other file?? Really? I have been a software developer for over 10 years, and I would have never even considered confusing users of a demo product in that fashion. If I had discovered this handicap on my own, I would have assumed it was a bug!
> If the free version worked exacly the
> same as the pay version, that just winds
> up back in "donationware" territory.
> Does that really seem so unfair?
Look at it this way: I was about to send you an email asking how I could modify Andromeda.php to ignore files that start with "_", along with a $10 Paypal donation. Instead, I'm whining on Freshmeat.